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Road Trip: Edgar Allen Poe House National Historic Site Junior Ranger Program, Philadelphia PA

by EJ on 04/17/17

It's Spring Break vacation and time to explore. Our seven year old recently developed an interest in the poetry and short stories of Edgar Allen Poe (she's gets it from her mother), so we're going all in. For something a little different and spooky, we're heading up to the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA.

While at first you might think that 19th century author Poe, the master of macabre, mystery and murder is totally inappropriate for kids, think again. His home in Philly still stands, is now a National Historic Site and managed by the National Park Service, with a fun Junior Ranger Program geared toward 5 to 7 years as well as 8 to 12 years. So, YAY!

Kids in both age groups can become a Junior Ranger by physically exploring the Edgar Allen Poe home, watching a video on Poe's life, completing guided activities and at the conclusion, receiving an award from a Park Ranger. The best part is the super spooky cellar walk-through that seems right out of Poe's "The
Black Cat". The Edgar Allen Poe Junior Ranger program focuses on the life and times of Edgar Allen Poe, introducing kids to Poe and his family members, his Philadelphia house and even the house pet, Catterina.

Why explore the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site with kids?

The 19th century American writer, critic and editor known as Edgar Allen Poe is a hugely important literary figure. His spooky, imaginative stories of horror and mystery were some of the first of their kind. He's actually credited with being the father of the detective story. Considering our society's love of crime and detective themed entertainment, you can certainly thank Mr. Poe for literally providing the template for the genre. He's also a contributor to the genre of science-fiction.

Our country's National Historic Sites need our help now more than ever, so consider a donation on your way in or out. There's also a great little gift shop.

Visit the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site Junior Ranger program HERE.

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is located at 532 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Street parking is usually available and is accessible via public transportation.

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